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Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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February 19, 2008
It's probably heresy to suggest it's overlong, but if Lean's epic outstays its welcome, there are more than enough magical moments to explain why it enjoys its lofty reputation.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
[It] remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
November 15, 2006
A gorgeous epic with an outstanding performance from Peter O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2006
Lean's epic biography of the enigmatic and complex British hero is visually mesmerizing, even if it omits crucial aspects of Lawrence's life, and it boasts a radical, riveting performance from Peter O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The passage of time has only proved how difficult it is to run ideas, history, characterisation and landscape in harness on this sort of scale.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 6, 2006
The only way to properly see Lean's overstuffed epic is on the big screen, the better to appreciate the glorious desert vistas, Maurice Jarre's soaring score and the glowing performance by then-unknown Peter O'Toole as a messianic T.E. Lawrence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 29, 2004
Approach it from whatever angle you like, performances, script, cinematography, score; David Lean's sweeping biography of T.E. Lawrence is unarguably magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul De Angelis
August 2, 2004
Elegant and literate.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 17, 2004
It's a truly magnificent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2004
Even the flies in the opening Cairo scene jump out at you.
Michael Dequina
January 18, 2004
For all the stunning shots of windswept dunes and battle sequences featuring a cast of hundreds, this is the study of a man in deep conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marco Lanzagorta
November 1, 2003
Lawrence of Arabia is a stunning 'classic.'
Shawn Levy
June 20, 2003
The English-language cinema's exemplary historical drama, gorgeous, complex, passionate, vivid and engrossing a full four decades after its premiere.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It reduces a legendary figure to conventional movie-hero size amidst magnificent and exotic scenery but a conventional lot of action-film clichés.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
Both the man and the movie, are treated with a detached reverence that keep them essentially glorious but inscrutable as the dunes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Best appreciated on the big screen.
Michael Szymanski
January 25, 2003
The sweeping sands and landscapes in this film are breathtaking and that's what puts David Lean as one of the great epic filmmakers of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Stirring historical biography is epic, intimate and awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
November 1, 2002
An epic achievement in filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 30, 2002
A movie with scope, tremendous clarity of vision and purpose; simply put, it is a film for the ages, an epic in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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